Mon­aghan bounces back to land gold for cock-a-hoop COPS

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk

City of Peter­bor­ough Swim­ming Club (COPS) made a big splash at the Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships in Sh­effield.

They fin­ished the six-day event at Ponds Forge with a flour­ish over the week­end, win­ning medals on both days, and ended up with eight gongs over­all.

And two of them were of the sparkling gold va­ri­ety.

Myles Robin­son-Young (15) took the hon­ours in the 15yrs 400m freestyle fi­nal on day one in a new per­sonal best 4:03.69 and Amelia Mon­aghan (15) touched first in the 15yrs 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley fi­nal on Satur­day in 2:21.92.

For Mon­aghan it made up for the huge dis­ap­point­ment of suf­fer­ing a dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley fi­nal which she ‘won’ con­vinc­ingly.

She said: “Be­fore the race I was so ner­vous I was shak­ing. Af­ter win­ning the 400 and get­ting dis­qual­i­fied I did have my eye on gold for this race. The other girls had their eyes on me so the call room was ex­tremely tense.

“With my in­di­vid­ual med­ley I al­ways know I am a bit be­hind with my fly and the back and I did start to panic so I wasn’t sure if I would catch up. But when I got onto the breast­stroke I just gave it ev­ery­thing think­ing of how good the re­ward would be at the end.

“On the free I could see the other girls catch­ing me up so I just kept my head down and kicked like I never had be­fore.

“Af­ter the score­board said I had won I had to dou­ble check I hadn’t got dis­qual­i­fied be­fore I could cel­e­brate.

“Af­ter ev­ery­thing was con­firmed I looked up at my par­ents and the COPS team and just let out the big­gest sigh of re­lief.”

It was Mon­aghan’s sec­ond medal of the cham­pi­onships as she also won a bronze medal in the 200m breast­stroke.

Robin­son-Young also ended up with two medals, adding the 200m freestyle bronze to his 400m gold.

He said: “To be hon­est it feels unreal to be a dou­ble na­tional medal­list, com­pared to last year where I strug­gled to make a sin­gle fi­nal.

“I am over­joyed with my progression over this past year. My as­pi­ra­tions are prob­a­bly to im­prove my swim­ming as much as pos­si­ble and hope­fully the rest will fol­low on from that.”

The COPS sil­ver medal was won by Rachel Wellings, who was run­ner-up in the 17/18yrs 200m back­stroke in a time of 2:15:22. The win­ner Cassie Wild of Ellesmere clocked 2.13.62.

Wellings said: “When I looked up at the tim­ing board I couldn’t quite be­lieve that I had come sec­ond, and that I had swam over three sec­onds faster than in the morn­ing’s heat.”

COPS won three other bronze medals over the week­end.

They came from Mollie Allen (18) in the 50m 19yrs/Over back­stroke in 28.93, Jamie Sc­holes (17) in the 200m 17/18yrs back­stroke in 2:03.47, and Wellings, Re­becca Bur­ton, Chloe Han­nam and Allen in the 400m 17yrs/Over med­ley re­lay in a new ASA East record time of 4.14.68.

COPS head coach Ben Ne­gus added: “I couldn’t be prouder of how we han­dled our­selves over the six days.”

COPS’ bronze medal win­ning re­lay team. From the left are Rachel Wellings, Re­becca Bur­ton, COPS head coach Ben Ne­gus, Chloe Han­nam and Mollie Allen.

Amelia Mon­aghan won gold and bronze.

Myles Robin­son-Young won gold and bronze.

Rachel Wellings took home a sil­ver and a bronze medal .

Mollie Allen won in­di­vid­ual and re­lay bronze.

Jamie Sc­holes claimed a bronze medal.

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